Meet Spike Lee’s greatest movie
Expand your mind & be sure to seek out & share in this touching, once in a lifetime experience.
You all know Spike. He’s the African American, black movie director who shot to fame in 1986, with his breakthrough movie ‘She’s Gotta Have It’.
Spike went on to make amazing & important inspirational films including ‘Malcolm X’ the iconic ‘Do the Right Thing’ & he still makes his bomb movies today, often financed through money he raises from his loyal fans (like us) via Kickstart.
Well, in between all the amazing stuff he has done that you know about, is tucked away this little gem of a movie – ‘Crooklyn’.
It came out at the same time ‘Home Alone’ was released & it seemed at the time, that this movie was overlooked, in part because of that.
This was also maybe due to the film’s contrasting storylines, as Home Alone was the story of a rich little white boy & his family & Crooklyn’ is the story of a poor little black girl & her family.
Also the very name ‘Crooklyn’, at the time, maybe made people who take things on face value (the majority of the cinema going public), think it was some some kinda mad gangster movie..?
Nothing could be further from the truth & if you ever get a chance to see it, take our advice & do. You will be deeply, deeply, touched by it.
It’s a stunning piece of work & maybe a contender as the first actual occasion that a black family has ever been properly represented in cinema.
Crooklyn is a total masterpiece & it’s soundtrack is also stupid good & features tons of the rarer tunes played in WHQ on a weekend, including tunes by Cymande & even The Five Stairsteps.
It’s a simple story, set amid an interracial block of brownstone New York houses, in Brooklyn in the 1970’s. The mad attention to detail, from the music, all the way to even the toys the kids play with, is far out & it totally captures the 70’s vibe, in a way that is gimmick free & smack on the money.
A really great story
No one sets a scene & tells a story like Spike can & he is at the top of his game here.
All the characters are highly developed, totally believable & we doubt you will ever see a better, or more emotive representation of family life.
We won’t spoil the storyline for you, but we can say it’s just basically about kids, being kids & growing up in relative poverty, told from a little girl’s perspective, in a large family of brothers.
Along with the cool story & mad details, the other striking things that will blow your mind are the performances.
The main adult actors are outstanding, but all the child actors are both hilarious, touching & quite simply out of this world.
To compare any of their performances to that McCauly Whatshisname in Home Alone, would be totally wrong, as he is not even in the same ball park…
When you see it, you will get what we mean & you’ll wonder how come you missed this classic?
So, as we reckon few of you may have seen this movie already, we recommend it to you with all our heart. Watch it & see for yourself.
Stories really can be this beautiful, talented black actors can get ignored at times & their outstanding work lay unappreciated, as fashion favours sugary yarns of scripted Hollywood twaddle, with panto kids, panto villains, big budgets & blonde hair.
We’d like you to know that we had been meaning to write up something about Crooklyn on our website for ages & this page was not written up moments after we had just watched it. However, typing it has reminded us of how amazing this movie is &we are gonna watch it again tomorrow!
Spike & World Headquarters
If you are standing at the upstairs bar in WHQ & look up to your extreme right, there next to the record covers is a photo of Spike Lee watching over the Club.
We had this same photo hung up at the Old Club, back during our first decade as WHQ, from 1993 – 2003 back when we were still on Marlborough Crescent & Spike has overseen all of our many activities in WHQ since day one.
In terms of the Club, we stand on his shoulders & without his positive influence in our lives & this movie, goodness knows how we would have perceived the world when we were growing up, getting involved with music & raising families.
Ok then, that’s hopefully you connected with Crooklyn, which you can probably purchase on DVD from your favourite online retailer.
Even though as it will cost you money, you’ll obviously need to pay them for it – transcend that fact & please accept this movie, as our little gift to you.
Our little gift to you
When you are through doing that, head on over to I tunes or Spotify & download this classic groove from way back in 1970 by the Five Stairsteps, which we spin a lot in the Club & that features in the movie too. The minute you hear that voice kick in – you will know you want it..!